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it for us here in newtown. thank you for watching. "early start" begins next. ♪ >>> on this special edition of "early start," a community and a nation in mourning. >> newtown, you are not alone. >> the president, offering words of comfort and inspiration, to those trying to make sense of a senseless tragedy. >> the face of indescribable violence. in the face of unconscionable evil. you've looked out of each other. and you cared for one another. and you've loved one another. >> we're remembering the victims, 20 children and 6 adults. some who gave their lives to save others. >> she was truly selfless. she would not hesitate to save anyone else before herself, especially children. >> as more details emerge, people in the small community search for strength to face the difficult days ahead. >> we will move on. we will never forget. we will, in many ways, be made stronger for what has transpired. and we will get better. >>> good morning. and welcome to this special edition of "early start." >> it is 5:00 a.m. in the east. we're coming to you live from newtown, connecticut, this morning. it is a
. thanks very much for watching. "early start" begins now. >>> could newtown be the tipping point for gun control? the white house, a major retailer, national polls and even some pro-gun lawmakers have shifted. first, cautious step for school kids in newtown. most of them head back to school just hours from now. and is it a breakthrough for fiscal cliff talks? the two sides closer than ever with just two weeks left to go. >>> good morning, everyone. welcome to "early start." i'm john berman here in new york. >> and i'm zoraida sambolin, live in newtown, connecticut. we'll be bringing you the very late ef on the investigation as john said, the children are starting school as well with an increased police presence, will it be enough for the parents and of course we have another funeral we are following this morning for you as well. john? >> another beautiful young child we buried up there, four days after the school massacre that numbed the entire nation. this is the latest. this unspeakable tragedy is reigniting the gun control debate all over the country. president already taking steps to
>> we want to leave you with a choir and a band from alabama that traveled here to newtown, connecticut, and sang amazing grace at a makeshift memorial here in town. they spent the week singing at funerals and memorial sites and it is a volunteer relief organization called naps made up of college students and graduate that is travel the world to places in need hoping to bring love and comfort to those who are hurting. the group says they are small in number but bring with them the love of millions. good night from newtown. ♪ ♪ amazing grace how sweet the ♪ was blind but now i see ♪ amazing grace how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me ♪ >>> "outfront" next as we quickly approach the fiscal cliff, president obama makes a new proposal to congress. one week after the deadly school shooting in newtown, connecticut, communities across the nation and around the world pay tribute to the victims. and the national rifle association speaks out for the first time since the attack. it proposes a controrsial plan to prevent similar mass shootings. let's go out front. >
newtown students went back to school for the first time since the massacre with police standing guard. two more young victims are buried, and the man involved in the investigation tells me about the horrors he saw inside the sandy hook elementary school. >> the crime scene itself is something that has made a mark in all of our minds. the task of that responsibility with the crime scene is something that we will never be able to erase. >> there will never be a good enough explanation why 20 elementary students were gunned down but we all need answers. i'm wolf blitzer reporting from newtown connecticut. state police is working around the clock. their investigation of the school massacre is very methodical and very, very painful. joining us now, lieutenant paul vance. he's become the face, the spokesman of this investigation. the connecticut state police. lieutenant vance, we're here in your office in middletown, connecticut. i know it must be hard on the journalists so it must be so much more hard on the men and women that work at the connecticut state police. what has it been like? >> it's
control debate is raging in the aftermath of the newtown school shooting, as the white house and national polls show a changing attitude. will this tragedy inspire washington to act? >>> here in newton, students returning back to school this morning, but they won't be going back to sandy hook elementary. at least not yet as another little girl laid to rest, just one day after two first grade boys buried. >>> a new sign that the tide could be turning on gun control. gun control stocks under fire. a pension fund may have to strip investments. >>> and movement on the fiscal cliff. we may be moving much closer to a deal, with the president making a surprise offer. >>> it is tuesday, december 18th. you're watching a special edition of "starting point" from newtown, connecticut. we begin right now. >>> welcome, everybody. a special edition of "starting point," live this morning from newtown, connecticut, the site, of course, where an unthinkable massacre at an elementary school has really shifted the landscape in the gun control debate. here is the latest on that president obama me
shooting right now. >>> good morning, everyone. i'm john berman. we're in newtown, connecticut, this morning. >> i'm kate bolduan. you're watching our continuing coverage. it feels like we've been here a long time just trying to figure out what's going on with the story. president obama will be coming here later today and meet with some of the victims' families and we're told he will speak at a vigil being held tonight. meanwhile, the community is grieving. we saw more vigils here last night really moving vigils. 20 children and 6 adults died in friday's shooting inside sandy hook elementary. we should begin hearing the first funeral plans for some of the victims very soon. we also want to pass this along. the united way has set up a sandy hook school fund. donations, as you can see right there on your screen, donations sent to the newtown savings bank 39 main street right here in newtown, connecticut. this fund will be used to help pay for the funerals of the victims, john. >>> police say they have found important evidence during their searches at the school and at the shooter
to stick with cnn for continuing live coverage and don lemon from newtown and join us at 6:00 p.m. tonight for the interfaith vigil and the president's remarks. >>> hello, everyone. i'm don lemon reporting live from newtown, connecticut. a community in mourning after a gunman went on a deadly rampage at an elementary school killing 26 people, 20 of them young children. throughout the day on cnn we will bring you the details of the victims and the investigation. we should tell you the president is on the way here. it has been a day of mourning in this community with memorial services. people are coming to this community from all over the tri-state area, from all over connecticut, new jersey, and new york all around and paying their respects to people. as i drove here today just a few moments ago in this little idyllic town, the roads were all blocked because there were so many people who were trying to get in here just to pay their respects to the people who lost their lives and their family and their loved ones. we have some other big stories that are breaking today and i want to get to at
that grace appear the hour i first believed ♪ >> amazing grace. that does it for us in newtown. erin burnett starts now. >>> "outfront" next, the latest on the investigation into the newtown shootings. and we have new details tonight on the suspected gunman. what we have been learning from his autopsy, from an autopsy of his brain and from a close friend. >>> plus, the hero teacher, vicky soto. what she did for her kids. >>> later, in the face of horror, citizens around the world have come together to make a difference. let's go "outfront." >>> good evening, everyone. i'm erin burnett in newtown, connecticut. "outfront" searching for answers. that's what we've all been doing, trying to understand how this happened and why it happened. investigators in connecticut returned to the home of the gunman. the suspected gunman, 20-year-old adam lanza, searching for evidence. so far, authorities have been unable to retrieve any information from his computer, which was found smashed to pieces in the house he lived in with his mother, nancy. now, investigators have been trying to piece together an expl
schools in newtown. this was an isolated incident. this event doesn't define us. we will continue to have great schools and be a great community. matthew and i are great friends, and all the clergy are great friends, and we will recover. >> rabbi praver and pastor crebben will both be at the service tonight where members of the community will be at the prayer service. we heard president obama spent most of the day preparing his remarks, speaking from the heart, speaking for the nation, but also speaking as the father of two young daughters as well. all we can think of now, especially when we see the pictures of the 6 and 7-year-old kids, the memorials, the services that are continuing. brook baldwin is joining us now with details on a few of the victims. brook, this is a heartbreaking story for all of us. >> reporter: it is absolutely gut wrenching, wolf. when you walk around newtown and see the memorials and see the adults holding the hands of their 4 and 5-year-olds carrying teddy bears, who are wiping tears away as they place these teddy bears down perhaps for young people they knew, p
6. >>> soledad, thank you. good evening, everyone. we're live tonight from newtown, connecticut. a town for a week now, a week that has felt much, much longer than seven days, has been heavy under grief, but also full of love. full of resolve to remember the lives of cut far too short. we wanted to come back to newtown tonight not to argue, not to point fingers, but to honor and to remember the 12 little girls, the 8 little boys, and the 6 dedicated women who died at sandy hook elementary school one week ago. today, here in newtown, at 9:30 in the morning, bells rang out for each of the people whose lives were lost, mothers and daughters, sons and nieces and nephews. we remember them all. [ bell tolling ] for the next hour, we'll hear from family members because they want a voice, and we want to give to them. a voice to tell us about their children, how special they were, the lives they lived. we don't want to just focus on how they die. we want to focus on how they lived and the lives they touched and they have touched so many lives. we'll hear from the mcdonnell family who gra
enough, surely is enough. and we're coming from newtown, connecticut, a town that for a week now has felt much longer than seven days has been heavy under grief and also full of love and full of resolve to remember the lives cut far too short. we wanted to come back to newtown tonight not to argue or point fingers but to honor and to remember the 12 little girls, the eight little boys, six dedicated women who died at sandy hook elementary school one week ago today. today here in newtown at 9:30 in the morning bells rang out for each of those lives lost, the mothers and the daughters, the sons and the nieces and the nephews and the brothers and the sisters and the friends. we will remember them. [ bell tolling ] >>> for the next hour we'll hear from family members because they want a voice and we want to give it to them, a voice to tell us about their children and how wonderful they were and how special they were and we don't want to focus just on how they died but how they lived and the lives they touched and they touch so many lives. we'll hear from the mcdonald family that grac
that nothing is really ever going to be the same. most students in newtown, connecticut return to class today but not those at sandy hook elementary. there's a funeral held for another child today, killed in that massacre. i'm suzanne malveaux in atlanta. >> and i'm ashleigh banfield, live in newtown, connecticut. this is newsroom's special coverage, "newtown remembers." today, grieving families are saying good-bye to a 6-year-old girl while yesterday two little boys were laid to rest. connecticut's governor has now taken on the role of comforter, as the heartbreaking scene plays out too many times. >> the governor's asking people across connecticut to pause for a moment of silence friday at the shooting that killed those 20 children and 6 adults at the school. he sent a message to governors around the country asking their states to do the same. we want to update you on new developments in the aftermath of the tragedy in newtown. schools reopen today for the first time since the shooting ram page. more police, extra counselors of course on hand. sandy hook elementary still remains closed. fun
, unfortunately, unfolding in connecticut right now. in newtown, connecticut, at a small elementary school. the sandy hook elementary school. for those of you who are just tuning in, we are now getting numbers, our own john king reporting, quoting law enforcement sources as saying at least 20, but perhaps closer to 30 individuals, many of them children, have been killed in this incident. individual suspect, a 20-year-old, is -- the suspect, the shooter is a 20-year-old. law enforcement official with knowledge of the investigation telling our susan candiotti, that suspect, we believe, is dead right now. you just heard police at a small briefing, didn't provide a lot of information, but they did tell us the area now appears to be secure, but this has been a horrific, horrific mass killing at an elementary school in connecticut. a school for kids from kindergarten through fourth grade. we're watching all of this unfold. lisa procachini is on the phone right now. she's a parent of an 8-year-old at the school, the sandy hook elementary school. your 8-year-old is fine, i take it, lisa. tell us w
's a good morning, but it is a very sad morning here in newtown, pennsylvania. it's saturday, december 15th, i'm ali velshi and you are watching cnn special coverage of the connecticut school shooting live as i say from pennsylvania. it is one of the deadliest shooting rampages in u.s. history. all morning, we'll bring you updates on the victims and the investigation. we now know the name of the newtown shooter. we'll dig in on what was behind his monstrous act and a second crime scene tied to the first. what investigators found when they went to the suspected gunman's house. >>> i'm here in newtown, pennsylvania. behind me some distance is the school at which this tragic shooting took place. we have this story covered from all angles. i want to bring in my colleague john berman in newtown, in the town square. john, bring us up to speed on what we've seen since yesterday evening. >> hey, ali, i'm standing in front of the st. rose of lima church where last night there was an emotional vigil with about 1,000 people here. residents poured in for the 26 victims of this tragic attack. of course,
>>> hello, everyone. we are following breaking news in newtown, a town between stanford and hartford. we're following reports that there has been a shooting at an elementary school. an elementary school named sandy hook. one photograph to share with you as crews rush to the scene. let me bring in my colleague jason carroll who has been working his sources. what do we know? >> disturbing story. the shooting happening at sandy hook elementary school on dickerson drive. this is coming to us from one of our affiliates. police are reporting a number of injuries. the nature of the injuries at this point are unclear. we're going to be checking that throughout the morning. state police sources say that one person is dead. earlier reports of a second shooter. that has not been confirmed at this point. a few more reports, apparently the shooting was reported shortly after 9:40 a.m. this morning. police reported that a shooter was in the -- apparently in the main office. >> which is hard to tell with this image that we're looking at because that's sort of bird's-eye view of the sch
are emerging from newtown, connecticut. as shots drew nearer, teacher victoria soto threw herself between the gunman and her students. her family tells us how she should be remembered. >>> president obama comforting the families of those killed and how he remembers the love and prayers of a nation. we'll share his speech from last night's vigil. part of the speech, a call to action. president obama vowing to prevent another massacre. today gun control seems to have a tone of determination. a special edition of "newsroom" begins right now. >>> good morning to you. i'm carol costello here in atlanta. joining me shortly, don lemon. hees in newtown, connecticut. let's begin here, shall we? we'll begin with the latest at sandy hook elementary school. today the first of the funerals get under way. 6-year-old jack pinto and noah pozner will be the first of the 26 victims laid to rest. we'll also learning more about the remarkable acts of heroism. one teacher, ann marie murphy, died while shielding students with her body. another read to kids to distract them from the gunshots that exploded outsi
this morning spoke volumes as the nation and newtown remember what happened one week ago today. only rain drops heard during this moment. firefighters there in newtown, paying tribute to 20 young children, 6, 7 years of age and seven adults gunned down for reasons we may never know. the reflections began at 9:30 a.m. eastern time, that is the precise time that first call came in. at least 29 states held a moment of silence, put flags at half-staff, even parts of the internet went silent this morning. video gamers put down their consoles in unity and bells across connecticut state sounded for each killed at sandy hook elementary. [ bells tolling ] >> at the episcopal church in newtown, 28 tolls rang for each life lost. 28. that includes the shooter. when the bells were still, the remembrances began. one was just inside the capital building there in connecticut. ♪ amaze iing grace how sweet the sound ♪ ♪ that save d a wretch like me ♪ ♪ i once was lost but now i'm found ♪ ♪ was blind but now i see ♪ >> a time of great sorrow, great unity, saw it in newtown myself this week. i want
adults victim of the shooting in newtown, connecticut, parent told us they were in a meeting yesterday with the principal and vice principal along with mary sherlock when they heard the loud pop, pop, pop, they went to check that out in the hallway. sherlock and the principal didn't return alive. just a very solemn outcome to that. sherlock was part of a team that was really relied upon there at sandy hook elementary. she was part of the school's crisis intervention team, ali. so even in a time like this when people are turning to those for comfort, she's no longer with us. ali? >> yeah, sad story. nick valencia at the cnn center in atlanta. thanks, nick. >>> good morning, everyone. i'm ali velshi. you're watching our special coverage of the connecticut school shooting. i'm in newtown, connecticut, about a block away from the school which is roughly behind me. a block away from the scene of the horrible massacre. here's what we know right now. in about an hour, officials are expected to start releasing the names of the victims. we've learned the names of two of the adults, the principa
>>> i'm erin burnette reporting live if newtown, connecticut. a community in mourning after a deadly school shooting killed 20 children and six adults, over the next two hours we bring you the latest details on the investigation and the victims. and there are also some other major stories that we're following on this sunday afternoon. deb ferrick is live in atlanta and will bring you the developments later in the program. as we arrived here where our cameras are, it's hard not to be moved by what you see in this town. there's one place where you literally see 20 angels in wood. everywhere, there are balloons and flowers and teddy bears and things in honor of victims that it is impossible to imagine. the age and innocence of these victims. today we're learning some new details about the horrendous crime and about these innocent victims' deaths. here's what we know. police say crime scene investigators are wrapping up work in the parking lot of the sandy hook elementary. work continues inside the school, the crime scene. here's what we know about the guns. three of them were f
is going to be like. >> the tragedy in newtown has many people wondering how they can help those who are impacted. so we put a list together of charitable organizations on our website. just visit cnn.com/impact. you can help. "cnn newsroom" continues right now with don lemon in newtown, connecticut. don? >>> hi, everyone. i'm brooke baldwin live at the cnn world headquarters in atlanta. don lemon is standing by in newtown, connecticut, where we'll check in with him here momentarily. but the story this week, it just breaks your heart to see there, these funerals going on for these itty-bitty children here, two more young victims being laid to rest today. services for 6-year-old jessica rekos were held at st. rose of lima catholic church there in town. as her relatives grieve, they are also trying to help her brother travis understand why he can't play with his best friend. he wants to know where is his best friend. we found out jessica loved horses. she loved watching horse movies, drawing horses. apparently she asked santa claus this christmas for a new pair of cow girl boots. also t
>>> we're continuing to follow the aftermath of the newtown massacre at the sandy hook elementary school. "cnn newsroom" continues now with brooke baldwin who is in newtown, connecticut. >>> i'm brooke baldwin live today in newtown, connecticut, where today the new reality is sinking in. today parents are living alongside an empty room of the child they lost. left behind in that room, pajamas, favorite toys, books they always read together, parents who know this, even the smell of their child's pillow. and these first responders being called heroes, but still day in and day out living with the images no one could have prepared them to see. today, families are deciding on coffins, head stones, choosing songs that will play at the funerals of first graders. want to tell you about the two little boys who are actually being remembered right now. the funeral for 6-year-old jack pinto began just about an hour ago. jack will be laid to rest today in newtown village cemetery. just a little bit of background on this 6-year-old, jack adored football, his favorite player was new york giants
in newtown, connecticut. i'm ashleigh banfield in for erin burnett. this just in. listen. >> 6-7 muc. sandy hook school. caller thinks someone is shooting in the building. front glass is broken, unsure why. all units, the individual that i have on the phone is continuing to hear what he believes to be gunfire. units responding sandy hook school at this time, the shooting appears to have stopped. the school is in lockdown. >> that broken glass is the result of the gunman reportedly shooting his way into the school. the unthinkable tragedy has left this very small new england town shattered tonight. 28 people dead. that's including the shooter himself. most of those killed were students at the school. very, very young students. there were 20 children killed. between the ages of 5 and 10 years old. there were also 6 adults shot dead after a heavily armed gunman dressed in black fatigues and a military vest opened fire in the school. >> we just told a little boy about his sister now and just to see him, he said who am i going to play with? i have nobody to play with now. excuse me. >> the gunma
>>> stories in the newsroom, schoolkids in newtown go back to school. how teachers are preparing for what's sure to be a trying day. after the newtown tragedy is the country finally ready for stricter gun laws? many former pro gun lawmakers say yes, but we still have not heard from the nra. >>> one of the new things the school shooter may have done socially was play video games. so is there a link between these types of games and aggressive behavior? one expert says yes. "newsroom" starts now. good morning. thank you for being with us today. i'm carol costello in atlanta. first a small step toward normally in newtown, connecticut. soledad o'brien joins us live. good morning, soledad. >> reporter: good morning to you, carol. as you said, classes resume today for most of the kids in this community, so many wrestling with so much heartbreak, all of the newtown schools except for sandy hook elementary will reopen. grief and the fears of returning students an additional concern. police officers will be at every single school and today the town will lay to rest, the grandmother of char
to congress. one week after the deadly school shooting in newtown, connecticut, communities across the nation and around the world pay tribute to the victims. and the national rifle association speaks out for the first time since the attack. it proposes a controversial plan to prevent similar mass shootings. let's go out front. >>> good evening, everybody. i am soledad o'brien in forever inburnett tonight. out front this evening, lowering expectatio expectations, just ten days until we fall off the fiscal cliff and no deal in site. tonight president obama urged congress to broker a scaled down deal. >> i just speak to speaker boehner, and i also met with senator reid. in the next few days a asked leaders of congress to work towards a package that prevents a tax hike on middle class americans, protects unemployment insurance for 2 million americans and lays the groundwork for further work on both growth and deficit reduction. that's an achievable goal. that can get done in ten days. >> yesterday the house speaker john boehner failed to garner enough support from his own party to even hold a vo
. this is "piers morgan tonight." good evening. in newtown, there have been an assembly line of wakes and funerals. allison wyatt, benjamin whiler, and catherine and lauren rousseau and anne marie murphy. a private service for family only of nancy lanza. we begin with quite an extraordinary interview. his son jesse lewis died and as he spoke about his loss, there is remarkable words of understanding and hope. >> thank you very much for joining me and please accept my very sincere condolences for this loss to your family. tell me about your son jesse. >> jesse was my son but he was my best friend and my buddy, too, and i'm just really at a loss for words. we did everything together. he had so many favorite spots where we'd go, the diner in town here, the grocery store, a bagel or muffin in the morning. the deli where he would go to get his sandwich in the morning also before school and his snack. just -- i -- i'm lost for words. >> the feeling i got from everything i've understood about his last few moments alive were that he showed great courage, that he was trying to get out of there, that he was
to help each other out. >> we will be leaving newtown to give this small town its streets back. for the residents here to grieve and share together. but we're not going to stop covering this and talking tab in honor of those who died and to make those in power take action to stop anything like this from happening again. "a.c. 360" begins now. >> erin, thanks very much. good evening, everyone. we are live once again from newtown, connecticut. a town where many students returned to school today. schools reopened, of course, with the exception of sandy hook elementary, the school that's now a crime scene. the students of sandy hook will go back to school after the holidays in a different building some eight miles away, with 20 bright young faces missing from the halls and classrooms. everything is different now. the children of this town are facing a new reality, doing things they never should have to do at this young age. like writing good-bye letters to their friends. we told you last night about 6-year-old jack pinto who was burred yesterday. at the funeral, a note from his fri
. >> reporter: i'm listening right now to the town bells ringing here in newtown, connecticut. i'm not sure why they are ringing but this community has come together to mourn together for this tragedy that happened at the school here. we've got much more ahead on our special coverage of the connecticut school shooting which starts right now. >>> and it is one of the deadliest shooting rampages in u.s. history. all morning we'll be updating victims and the investigation here in newtown, connecticut. we now know the name of the shooter and dig into what was behind this monstrous act and a second crime scene tied to the first. what investigators found when they went to the suspect's house. it is saturday, december 15th. i want to say good morning to everyone. it's not a good morning, it's a difficult morning, but we are spending it together here. i'm john berman. you're watching our special coverage of the connecticut school shooting live from newtown, connecticut. and i want to bring in my colleague, ali velshi. hey, ali. >> reporter: john, it's a sad morning and will get sadder in a few moments.
this special with the heart wrenching interview with the father of jesse lewis who died in newtown. the man has dignity and grace. that's all for us tonigh> that's all for us tonigh> that's all for us tonight. >>> good evening, again, everyone. we're here live at the town hall in newtown, connecticut. it has become for all the wrong reasons main street usa. that may all change. plenty of news on that subject tonight with president obama laying out a plan of action today an the national rifle association planning to speak on that later this week. for now, people here are focused firmly on the moment, not each living day by day, but for the survivors, the families living hour by hour, minute by minute, second by second even. they are tending to the heart wrenching duty they have to bury the dead, and the duty we all have to remember and honor. daniel barden was just seven but called the spark of his family. always smiling. and had two front teeth missing. daniel's dad is a musician, and daniel followed his lead by playing the drums in a mini band he formed with his older brother and sister. his f
. >>> we're bringing you another broadcast there newtown. a town where many students returned to school today of course with the exception of sandy hook elementary. the students of sandy hook will go back to school after the holidays in a different building some eight miles away, with 20 bright young faces missing from the halls and classrooms. everything is different now. the children of this town are facing a new reality, doing things they never should have to do at this young age. like writing good-bye letters to their friends. we told you last night about 6-year-old jack pinto who was buried yesterday. at the funeral, a note from his friend john reads, jack, you are my best friend. we had fun together. i will miss you. i will talk to you in my prayers. i love you, jack. love, john." there were two more funerals for two more 6-year-old children. jessica rekos and james mattioli were laid to rest today. we will remember them and tonight we honor them. our hearts and thoughts are with their families and their friends. and we wish peace and strength for all the people whose li
banfield live in newtown, connecticut. this is the day that the students go back to school after one of the worst school shootings in the history of this country. the school district is sending its children back but the school in question, no. the kids from sandy hook elementary are not going back to class today. they won't be going back to class for a while. they will go back to a school in a neighboring town in monroe. it is being readied for those children and they will return. as others have returned on a two-hour delay today. all of this as this town buries yet another of its dead. a 6-year-old girl, jessica rekos. her family will lay her to rest today. and just so you know a little bit more about that little child. she loved horses. she wanted a cowboy hat and cowboy boots for christmas. her parents spoke with abc news about their little angel. >> she was a ball of fire. she ruled the roost. >> our little ceo we called her. she was the boss. >> reporter: as they remember their child there are so many funerals that have yet to take place in this town, not only for the children b
e relieves pain fast, with no odor. so all you notice is relief. aspercreme. >>> newtown, connecticut, small, close-knit community, swallowed by grief this morning after the unimaginable loss of 20 children and 6 adults, all killed inside an elementary school. today they prepare to bury the first of the victims. >> we will move on. we will never forget. we will in many ways be made stronger. >> president obama visiting grieving families and showing support during an evening vigil says we must do more. >> we can't tolerate this anymore. these tragedies must end. and to end them, we must change. >> and now we learn more about the victims that unforgettable friday morning. the ultimate question remains, why did it happen. and we may never, ever get an answer to that question, why. welcome to a special edition of "starting point" from newtown, connecticut. i'm joined by "early start" co-anchor john berman. today, two 6-year-old boys will be buried and children across the country head back to school. jack pinto, a little guy who loved new york giants. and noah pozner, the youn
news. i'm ashleigh banfield in for erin burnett tonight. in newtown, connecticut, it is the scene of one of the worst school shootings in the history of the united states and we can report for you that police have now identified a school shooter as adam lanza. a shooter who killed 26 people today at the sandy hook elementary school here in this small connecticut town. 20 children were killed. 18 of them were pronounced dead right at the scene of the school. two of them were rushed to the hospital, hoping that they could save them. those children died at the hospital. six adults at the school were also shot dead. and they died at the scene as well. nancy lanza, a teacher at the school and a mother of the suspected shooter, was also killed. but she was found dead in her son's home in newtown. adam lanza, the 24-year-old brother ryan lanza, was taken into police custody. ryan lanza taken into police custody for questioning in hoboken, new jersey, earlier today. officials had not labeled him a suspect. but he was taken away in handcuffs. his brother adam died at the scene. but police
blitzer reporting live right now from newtown, connecticut. the 20 children gunned down in their own elementary school were 6 and 7 years old. they were practically babies, as the people here in newtown, connecticut, mourn. we now know the names of the victims of the school massacre. authorities releasing the list just a little while ago. we're also learning just how brutally they died. the medical examiner says, every one of the 26 victims were shot more than once, apparently with a semiautomatic. the relatives of the shooter are struggling to competent when the loss of life, including nancy, who was gunned down by her son. no word on a motive. police say they have found very good evidence at the school and at the lanza home. for more right now on the investigation, let's bring in our national correspondent, susan candiotti, here in newtown, connecticut. with all of us, she's working her sources. what's the latest, susan? >> reporter: hi, wolf. of course, the question is what move a 20-year-old young man to target so many innocent victims. investigator are looking everywhere for clu
tears. this is a very sad day, of raw emotion here in newtown, connecticut, as families begin burying the children killed in the massacre at the sandy hook elementary school right down the road from where we are right now. we're watching all of this unfold, and the pain is clearly, clearly evident. while every day here in new town is sad, today, it's especially, it's especially sad. this afternoon, the first funerals were held for victims of the elementary school massacre. connecticut's governor, you just saw him here, he attended one of the services today, and he summed it up this way, and i'm quoting him, you see little coffins and your heart starts to ache. as this town and the nation tries to come to grips with this huge, huge tragedy, the investigation is focusing in on the question why. some of the answers may come from a computer found in the home where the gunman, adam lanza, lived with his mother. cnn's national correspondent deborah feyerick is keeping track of the latest developments. she's joining us now live with more. what are you learning, deb? >> wolf, we can tell you
>>> and we'll be going back to don lemon in newtown, connecticut. in just about several hours, president obama is scheduled to arrive there in newtown. eel meet with families of the 26 victims killed in friday's mass shooting at sandy hook elementary school. the president will also speak at an interfaith vigil. we'll be bringing you that service live at 7:00 p.m. eastern. we're following the latest developments on the shooting investigation. here's what we know right now. connecticut governor, dan malloy, says the 20-year-old suspect shot his way into the school. we've also learned that all 20 of the children killed inside were shot multiple times. all of them were six and seven years old. investigators are still processing the crime scene. physically and forensically. police say they expect all questions surrounding the case will ultimately be answered because they have found certain evidence. medical examiner's office is starting to release the bodies of the 26 victims back to their families and funerals are expected to be held this week. >>> the suspected gunman's father, p
in connecticut, newtown, connecticut, it's so hard for them to believe and to understand what happened here. back to you. >> they haven't said officially that the shooter wound up killing himself, have they? >> reporter: they have not. they have not revealed that. they have not officially released the shooter's name either. we also understand, remember, there is another adult at another location who was also found dead and we believe that that has some connection to the shooter in this case, and yet someone else was also being questioned. so this investigation is far from over. there is a warrant being served at the place where the suspect lived with someone else, who was also involved in the shooting. and so a lot of questions, of course, as we all have at this time to find out how this happened and, wolf, why this happened. >> many questions that law enforcement will be investigating. susan, stand by. joining us on the phone right now is lieutenant paul vance, a spokesman for the connecticut state police. he's in newtown himself. i don't know if you have the answers, lieutenant, and you must be
tonight. i can tell you his mother nancy lanza was found dead at the family home here in newtown, as well. she had been a teacher at the sandy hook elementary school. the school's principal dawn hochsprung was among those killed and tonight a friend remembered her as "quote, the kind of person you would want to be educating your kids. school psychologist mary sherlock was also kilged. this afternoon afternoon the brother, ryan lanza was taken in for questioning by police and he was handcuffed. officials did not label him a suspect. the gunman's father was also questioned in relation to what happened here today. tonight, a nation in mourning. candle light vigils were held in newtown and across the country. there was one just outside of the white house in washington, d.c. earlier today, president obama ordered flags to be flown at half staff nationwide in tribute to the victims of this terrible tragedy. in an emotional address, he said this to the nation. >> i know there's not a parent in america who doesn't feel the same overwhelming grief that i do. the majority of those who died today we
's all for us tonight. >>> piers, thanks very much. we are once again in the old town hall in newtown connecticut. it's become for all the wrong reasons, main street usa. that may change. plenty of news on that subject tonight with president obama laying out a plan of action today and the nra planning to speak on that later this week. for now, though, fell of this town are focusing on the moment. they're not even focusing on the day but minute by minute. they are tending to the sadly duty they have to bury the dead and to remember and to honor. daniel barden was always smiling and had two front teeth missing. which his parents say he earned in his fearless pursuit of fun and happiness. his dad was a musician and he followed his lead by playing the drums. his family described him as a thoughtful and affectionate boy. whenever he noticed kids sitting alone in the runch room at school, he would join them. in an interview, his dad remembers teaching him to play "jingle bells" on the way to school. >> we held hands on the way to the bus. and that was our last morning together. he did get u
of the victims of newtown. i commend you to watch the interview we have tomorrow. the man has dignity and grace. that's all for us tonight. we are once again in the old town hall in newtown connecticut. it's become for all the wrong reasons, main street usa. that may change. may yet become the road to a new consensus on preventing the next deadly outbreak of gun violence. plenty of news on that subject tonight with president obama laying out a plan of action today and the nra planning to speak on that later this week. for now, though, fell of this -- people focus onned on the moment. not living day by day, but for the families living in some case, hour by hour, minute by minute, second by second even. they are tending to the sadly duty they have to bury the dead and to the duty we all have to honor and to remember. daniel barden was just 7, always smiling, had two front teeth missing, which his parents say he earned in his fearless pursuit of fun and happiness. his dad was a musician and he followed his lead by playing the drums. in a mini band he forms with his older brother and sister. his fa
interview with man whose 6-year-old son died in the massacre in newtown. what will it take more to stop this violence? >> we can do better. we must do something. >> plus, the texas gun dealer who says the answer is we should arm teachers and clergymen and nurses. >> there should be an equal amount of firepower that the teacher would have. >> can any good come of all this? one tragedy 16 years ago that continues to save lives. >> the idea that because the problem is guns, the answer is guns is simply ridiculous. >> also, a man who knows a thing or two about guns talks about his new movie and it's not about what you think. this is "piers morgan tonight." good evening. in newtown, there have been an assembly line of wakes and funerals. allison wyatt, benjamin whiler, and catherine and lauren rousseau and anne marie murphy. a private service for family only of nancy lanza. we begin with quite an extraordinary interview. his son jesse lewis died and as he spoke about his loss, there is remarkable words of understanding and hope. >> thank you very much for joining me and please accept my very
>>> as you can imagine, a cloud of grief hangs over newtown, connecticut, today. the community begins the first of more than two dozen heart-wrenching good-byes. funerals for two of the 6-year-olds killed in the elementary school massacre are being held today. i'm suzanne malveaux in atlanta with "newsroom" special coverage as newtown remembers. >> reporter: and i'm wolf blitzer here in newtown, connecticut. the funerals will continue for days as the 20 children, the 6 teachers are laid to rest. all this follows a very moving and emotional service last night. ♪ it includes a prayer sung by a rabbi, readings from the bible and the koran, prayers from christian leaders and a promise from president obama. >> in the coming weeks, i'll use whatever power this office holds to engage my fellow citizens from law enforcement, to mental health professionals, to parents and educators in an effort aimed at preventing more tragedies like this. >> tonight the crowd at the prayer service gave a standing ovation to the first responders, those who answered the call at sandy hook elementary sc
>>> bottom of the hour now, 7:30 a.m. eastern time in newtown, connecticut. welcome, and welcome to our international viewers joining us from around the world. i'm ali velshi, you're watching cnn's special coverage of the connecticut school shooting. we are live in newtown, connecticut. here's what we know this morning about what happened at sandy hook elementary school. in about 30 minutes we expect authorities to hold a news conference right where i am and release the identities of the victims. police say 20 children between the ages of 5 and 10 were killed as well as six adults at the school including the principal and psychologist. sources say adam lanza was armed with three guns, two on him, one found in a car nearby. police say he got the guns from his mother who owned them. she was licensed to have them. she was found dead in her home about 2 1/2 miles from where i am now. every new detail helped paint a picture of a horrifying tragedy. cnn's anderson cooper explains how it unfolded moment by moment. >> all units, the individual i have on the phone is continuing to hear wh
>> thank you. >> i'll be back tomorrow night for a special editions of "a.c. 360" from newtown at 8:00 and 10:00 tomorrow. but our coverage continues right now. >>> hello, everyone, from newtown, connecticut, a small town, virtually unknown until yesterday when it became the scene of one of the worst mass killings in american history. i'm don lemon. let me pass on some new developments that have come just this evening. the father of the alleged shooter, we've heard from. peter lanza released a statement, part of it says, quote, our family is grieving along with all those who have been affected by this enormous tragedy. no words can truly express how heartbroken we are. he is the father of adam lanza. this is a picture of him from just a few years ago. he is now 20 years old who police say walked into an elementary school yesterday and just started shooting. 20 children, all of them 6 or 7 years old, were killed. six adults, teachers and staff, including the principal, they're all dead now, too. the shooter killed himself. this is where police are trying to answer all the questions.
.c. 360" from newtown at 8:00 and 10:00 tomorrow. but our coverage continues right now. >>> hello, everyone, from newtown, connecticut, a small town, virtually unknown until yesterday when it became the scene of one of the worst mass killings in american history. i'm don lemon. let me pass on some new developments that have come just this evening. the father of the alleged shooter, we've heard from. peter lanza released a statement, part of it says, quote, our family is grieving along with all those who have been affected by this enormous tragedy. no words can truly express how heartbroken we are. he is the father of adam lanza. this is a picture of him from just a few years ago. he is now 20 years old who police say walked into an elementary school yesterday and just started shooting. 20 children, all of them 6 or 7 years old, were killed. six adults, teachers and staff, including the principal, they're all dead now, too. the shooter killed himself. this is where police are trying to answer all the questions. they're trying to answer the questions why. the lanza home, not far fro
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